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 Dean's Message

Author: Professor Vuyokazi Nomlomo

 I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students who have chosen to pursue their studies in the Education Faculty at the University of the Western Cape.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students who have chosen to pursue their studies in the Education Faculty at the University of the Western Cape.

Cognisant of its roots, the Education Faculty fosters critically engaged professional education practitioners and scholars for transitional and diverse 21st century teaching and learning contexts. 

The faculty offers initial teacher education programmes with a special focus on the General Education and Training (GET) and Further Education and Training (FET) bands:

1)      A four year Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed) with the following specialisations:

- Foundation Phase which trains students to teach from Grade R – 3
- Senior Phase which prepares students for Grades 7 – 9.

2)      Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares graduate students to teach in Grades 10 – 12.

The faculty also offers advanced certificates and postgraduate diplomas in Adult Education and in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) which are highly recognised in the post school sector. It also caters for the professional development of teachers by offering advanced certificates in Educational Leadership and Management and in science, technology and mathematics education.

The Science Learning Centre in Africa (SLCA) plays an important role in the professional development of science teachers.  This centre is well known for its valuable contribution to communities by building science learning centres or laboratories in the Western Cape. The aim of this project is to enhance the quality of science teaching and learning in disadvantaged or under-resourced schools. For further details please visit:

The Institute for Post School Studies (IPSS) advances knowledge through teaching and research in the post school sector with a special focus on:

  • Adult Education
  • Higher Education
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training

For more information, please visit:

The B.Ed (Hons) degree aims to deepen graduate students’ knowledge in these broad fields:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Studies
  • Language Education
  • Science and Mathematics Education

The faculty attracts a good number of M.Ed and PhD students who are exposed to a wide range of research areas that are in sync with the research agenda of the faculty. The research niche areas of the faculty are:

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Languages, literacies and identities in multilingual education contexts

  • Science and Mathematics Education – with a focus on school interventions

  • Systems support for schools

  • Post-school studies (intersections between Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Higher education and Adult Education)

Please peruse our website to learn more about our academic programmes, teaching and learning activities, research and community engagement.

I wish you all the best for the upcoming academic year.

​Prof. Vuyokazi Nomlomo




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